Your social welfare cheque may not be delivered this week due to strike

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
A post office on Upper Kevin Street in Dublin
A post office on Upper Kevin Street in Dublin

An Post says it "greatly regrets" current strike action and implores customers not to post any letters of parcels.

In a statement released by the postal company, they say they greatly regret the inconvenience caused by the current strike. 

"An Post greatly regrets to advise customers NOT to post any mail items, with immediate effect," they said. "Also, as a result of this industrial action, there will be no mail collections from businesses until further notice.

"Due to the withdrawal of labour by staff of IO Systems, we are unable to process mail for delivery to customers."

Mail that is already in circulation, parcels and letters which entered An Post's system prior to the strike, will be delivered successfully. 

The Department of Social Protection says contingency plans are in place for the thousands of social welfare cheques that are due to be issued today. 

"The Department of Social Protection are making alternate arrangements for customers who receive their benefits by post."

Those who can are urged to collect their cheques in person if possible.

Child Benefit is due to be paid to parents on Tuesday, but the Department says the majority of these payments are made electronically.

Post Offices will be open today, but merely for retail purposes. 

"Post Offices retail services are operating as normal with the exception of the Passport Express service which has been suspended," the statement said. 

The Department of Social Protection has also advised those who are intending to apply for the €100 Water Conservation Grant to do so online before the deadline of 8 October.